A Review of The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver

The Kill RoomThe Kill Room (Lincoln Rhyme)

by Jeffery Deaver

Rhyme and Sachs are back, and everything is fine. The Kill Room is another great book in this series. Mr. Deaver is using all of his writing skill to keep you off-balance and never knowing if this time it really is the end of the road for Rhyme or Sachs. There are so many plot twists, that even if you are absolutely certain that you have everything figured out, nope once again, you are wrong.

One of the earmarks of this series is the way Mr. Deaver has a chapter end with something about to happen, then switch scenes so that you keep wondering what is going to happen, then that cliffhanger is resolved, but here is another. Too much fun, I love it! This is what I love about the Lincoln Rhyme series.

Mr. Deaver uses this story to ask some questions about the use of drones to carry out assassinations. In The Kill Room, the targets are American citizens and the drones are piloted by Americans. Is this the proper use of power by an American government agency? Can there be abuse of this power? Are there any safeguards in place? Is this happening today? You are left thinking about all these questions and more as you read this great, puzzling mystery thriller.

I give this book 5 stars out of 5 and 2 Thumbs Up. If you have read any of the previous books in this series, I am sure that you will love this one. I also listened to some of the book and I give the Audible performance of the Kill Room 5 stars, also.

I am going to “get on my soapbox” for a moment. I have read quite a few series books. The best series books are the ones that are like putting on your favorite slippers, you are real happy because everything is familiar, you know the main characters, you know how they will interact with each other, and you know that when you finish reading the book, there will be a resolution  of the plot. And the very best writers are able to write a series that make the fans of the series happy, but still allow someone who has never read the series to pickup the latest book in the series and enjoy it. They will be able to understand the characters and their relationships, and the story will be just as clear for them as it is for the fan. The new reader will most likely want to read some of the earlier books in the series and if the writer is careful, he won’t have filled the book with spoilers.

There is another type of fiction out there that is calling itself series fiction, but I think should be called serial fiction. These books depend on a reader starting with book one in the series and reading each one, in order, because the story is not complete in each book. Each book has only a portion of the story completed in the individual volume. There is usually a cliffhanger at the end of each book. Each book has the same characters, but if you would start in a middle volume in the serial, you would have a difficult time figuring out the relationships between the characters, because the characters are developed over time. You also would know the what happened for most of the previous book’s cliffhangers, so you would have the suspense spoiled if you went back and read the previous books.

I prefer series books over serial books. The Lincoln Rhyme series is an example of the best possible series. A new reader could pick up this book and have no trouble knowing who the characters are, what their relationships are, and they would understand the story completely. Once they are done reading The Kill Room, they can go back and read previous volumes and enjoy them just as much.

I received this book for free from NetGalley.com and I purchased the audiobook from Audible.

Book Description

Release date: June 4, 2013 | Series: Lincoln Rhyme

It was a “million-dollar bullet,” a sniper shot delivered from over a mile away. Its victim was no ordinary mark: he was a United States citizen, targeted by the United States government, and assassinated in the Bahamas.

The nation’s most renowned investigator and forensics expert, Lincoln Rhyme, is drafted to investigate. While his partner, Amelia Sachs, traces the victim’s steps in Manhattan, Rhyme leaves the city to pursue the sniper himself. As details of the case start to emerge, the pair discovers that not all is what it seems.

When a deadly, knife-wielding assassin begins systematically eliminating all evidence-including the witnesses-Lincoln’s investigation turns into a chilling battle of wits against a cold-blooded killer.

Product Details

Hardcover: 496 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (June 4, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1455517062

ISBN-13: 978-1455517060

Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds

About the Author

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, two collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. He’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. You can visit his website at www.JefferyDeaver.com.

The book description is from Amazon.  The Kill Room (Lincoln Rhyme)

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